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EN1990
06-09-2018, 06:26 PM
Has anyone flown for the border patrol fixed wing side? How and what does life look like as a career? Obviously nowhere near the amount of money as airlines, but is it worth it? And is it possible to use this as time building instead of a career to invest in TSP? Iím prior Marine enlisted so I kind of like the fast paced part of the way they make this seem


daddysocks
06-10-2018, 08:39 AM
I'm also interested in hearing about this. What is the hiring process like and what do they look for?

daddysocks
06-10-2018, 09:04 AM
Pay looks pretty good as well. $113,000 a year after just three years with benefits. Wow


Big Perm
06-10-2018, 09:11 AM
Do you want to live in border towns for your first 4-6 years?

Diverb
06-10-2018, 11:36 AM
Check the thread under CBP AIA. I work for Air Marine, it's a good job and they have been good to me.

Diverb
06-10-2018, 11:40 AM
Has anyone flown for the border patrol fixed wing side? How and what does life look like as a career? Obviously nowhere near the amount of money as airlines, but is it worth it? And is it possible to use this as time building instead of a career to invest in TSP? Iím prior Marine enlisted so I kind of like the fast paced part of the way they make this seem

How much time do you have? If you have a lot of heavy turbine time, then you could get Puerto Rico and fly Dash 8's. If your a single engine guy only, then Grand Forks or Sierra Vista will most likely be where they would offer you. Both of those locations are heavy UAS

emersonbiguns
06-10-2018, 01:41 PM
Has anyone flown for the border patrol fixed wing side?

It's "Customs and Border Protection", not border patrol.


I'm an escort, NOT a hooker. Thank-you very much.

hercman
06-11-2018, 07:17 AM
How much time do you have? If you have a lot of heavy turbine time, then you could get Puerto Rico and fly Dash 8's. If your a single engine guy only, then Grand Forks or Sierra Vista will most likely be where they would offer you. Both of those locations are heavy UAS

True statement. Just finished the entire process and was offered everything but Puerto Rico, the only place I was interested in. I have 1800 hrs TT, 400 of which are in airplanes but only 45 in twins. I thought I was a shoe in because I met the basic qualifications + Iím a veteran, dual rated, and have a 4yr degree from ERAU. When I said I would only take Puerto Rico, I was told they had openings but not for me because ďI didnít have the skill setĒ. Pretty deceptive if you ask me. I spent 3 to 4 months in their pipeline, $1500 traveling to their appointments + my personal leave time thinking I qualified based on their job posting. Tread with caution. Expensive and potentially very disappointing depending on what you want. At any rate, the airlines are hiring so moving on.

100LL
06-13-2018, 04:11 PM
Straight from their job information page

All new hire pilots will go to one of the following locations:
Sierra Vista, AZ
Grand Forks, ND
Laredo, TX
McAllen, TX
San Angelo, TX
Yuma, AZ
Deming, AZ
Alpine, TX
Aguadilla, PR

Is there a particular reason why new hires go to one of those?
They list a lot more locations but Iím guessing they are ďspoken forĒ probably meaning the more ideal locations will never have an opening.

Diverb
06-13-2018, 06:17 PM
Is there a particular reason why new hires go to one of those?
They list a lot more locations but Iím guessing they are ďspoken forĒ probably meaning the more ideal locations will never have an opening.

It has to do with allowing our guys who have been living in some of these less than desirable locations a chance to transfer to a better location. As we hire new guys, the guys who have seniority will have a chance to transfer.

Tibhar87
06-14-2018, 04:38 PM
It has to do with allowing our guys who have been living in some of these less than desirable locations a chance to transfer to a better location. As we hire new guys, the guys who have seniority will have a chance to transfer.

So if one has a few years as a civilian federal employee in another agency would that time count to the seniority system? is there other criteria like qualifications, hardships to get a transfer?

Diverb
06-15-2018, 05:36 AM
the short answer is no, sorry I'm sure its not what you wanted to hear. Example, I was at a northern border location for 10yrs with CBP. Once I got picked up full time with AMO, I had to move back to the southern border where I will be for at least 3 years

kaputt
06-16-2018, 06:53 PM
As a new applicant with fixed wing flight time, could you get assigned to RPAs? Or will you at least get some sort of airplane, even if itís a Cessna or something?

Diverb
06-17-2018, 07:42 AM
Yep. All MQ-9 personnel will be able to fly the C206 / C210 to maintain currency. Helicopter time is a little more challenging. I personally have to get rotor time on my days off or come in early to bag a little time. It's doable but just understand if your assigned a Pred location, the MQ9 is the main focus.

kaputt
06-17-2018, 09:40 AM
So are there fixed wing aircraft at every available base?


I haven't been able to find what aircraft are at what locations.

DustoffVT
06-18-2018, 10:01 AM
Aircraft locations and missions are not really for public consumption. Changes constantly anyway as threats and needs are continuously reevaluated. If you don't want fly the drone don't accept a drone base.

ROTORGUY
07-03-2018, 08:00 PM
Yep. All MQ-9 personnel will be able to fly the C206 / C210 to maintain currency. Helicopter time is a little more challenging. I personally have to get rotor time on my days off or come in early to bag a little time. It's doable but just understand if your assigned a Pred location, the MQ9 is the main focus.

What Aircraft do you fly? I was told you would likely be trained up in two. Does that sound right? If your applying with 90% single engine fixed wing time and 10% (100hrs) in rotors what’s the likelihood you will be assigned to fly a Helicopter? I’m guessing it might be slim.

I guess my question would be if you’re applying to be an AIA and want to fly Helicopters but only have about 100hrs in them will you get a Helicopter position|location? Thanks for your time.

RCpilot2018
07-05-2018, 05:30 PM
What Aircraft do you fly? I was told you would likely be trained up in two. Does that sound right? If your applying with 90% single engine fixed wing time and 10% (100hrs) in rotors what’s the likelihood you will be assigned to fly a Helicopter? I’m guessing it might be slim.

I guess my question would be if you’re applying to be an AIA and want to fly Helicopters but only have about 100hrs in them will you get a Helicopter position|location? Thanks for your time.

Hey bud! Stop worrying about what aircraft or where you might get hired for. Needs of the service. You can only be be hired and sent to one of the 5-9 garden locations listed in the announcement. Apply, tighten up the last few pages of your logbook, study up on part 61, 91 and think scenario type questions. If you don't like or can't accept the location given, don't take the job. Jokingly, they will most likely send you to an office you are LEAST suited for.
Nuff said?



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